virus: Just asking...

Tim Rhodes (
Mon, 14 Jul 1997 14:47:49 -0700 (PDT)

I tremble in fear of starting this all up again and having it veer of, of
its own power, into misplaced discussions of ideologies once again.

Wade wrote:

> Perhaps I have come off a bit harsh, but I am too old to be bothered by
> mystical bullshit any more. It has had its thousand years of attempting
> to make its point.


Is it in our interest to look at what kind of structure is used by a
meme complex such as this, that allows it to survive for 1000 plus years?

Or, is it even a complex proper? Is "the M-word" really a type of protein
shell employed by a large number of different memes because of its
effectiveness? If this is the case, do we need to look into /why/ this
particular protein shell is so very good at worming itself past other
defenses? Does it have a quality we can extract and use to spread other
memes (science, Darwinism, memetics, etc.)?

I'm not starting a discussion. I'm just asking. **Can** we have a
discussion /about/ the M-word and its use (or mis-use, if you will) by
humans in culture creation?

Is it possible on *this* list, to talk about <Mysticism> without it being
seen, by some, as some sort of mystical discussion?

-Prof. Tim
> 3. "I said it was a good idea all along."